Maple Family Centers donated $25,000 to the Long Island State Veterans Home, in proceeds from the Bowlers to Veterans Link Open at Maple Lanes RVC. (From left) Teresa LaSpina McCarthy, Liz Murray, Lisa Spinazzola, Fred Sganga, Joe LaSpina, Anna McCarthy, Grace McCarthy, Anita LaSpina, Viviana DeCohen and John LaSpina. (Photo: Steven Friedman/Maple Family Centers)

Rockville Centre bowling event raised funds to support veterans

The Bowlers to Veterans Link week-long event raised money to support programs for local veterans.

A $25,000 donation was presented to the Long Island State Veterans Home during the event’s opening ceremonies.

The bowling extravaganza, held last week at Maple Lanes in Rockville Centre, included three Professional Women’s Bowling Association national tournaments hosted by Maple Family Centers, owned and operated by the LaSpina family.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to BVL, the bowling industry’s oldest charity, to support recreational and therapeutic programs at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University, the Northport VA Medical Center and the St. Albans VA Medical Center.

“All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home are once again enamored by the tremendous generosity of Maple Family Centers and the LaSpina family. Funds that are raised at events like the PBWA Long Island Classic go directly to support the therapeutic needs of our most compromised veterans,” said Fred S. Sganga, executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University, a 350-bed skilled nursing facility serving honorably discharged veterans and their families. “Over the years, we have been able to provide virtual reality programs, as well as other forums that engage the brave women and men whose personal sacrifice of military service have protected the freedoms we all enjoy today as Americans.”

The LaSpina family has owned and operated Maple Family Centers since 1960. In addition to Maples Lanes RVC, the company’s bowling centers include Coram Country Lanes in Coram, Jib Lanes in Flushing, Orange Bowl Lanes in Lakeland, Fla. and Maple Lanes Countryside in Clearwater, Fla. Over the years, Maple Family Centers has hosted events that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities, including BVL.

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